If Sleep was a person, what would he or she look like? What would Sleep wear? How would Sleep think and behave?
When I first thought about this, I imagined my Sleep as a cheeky little boy, who played tricks on everybody. No wonder I was resisting sleep – if I fell asleep, Sleep could easily catch me off guard.
As I continued playing with my Sleep persona and got to know him better, I realized that he could influence many areas of my life, but the only trick he could play on people was to make them fall asleep at awkward times, in the middle of a meeting or while they were driving. He couldn’t play tricks on me while I was asleep… I had my kids for that!
When I surveyed my blog readers last year, I found (unsurprisingly) that I wasn’t alone in my love-hate relationship with sleep. 95% of the people who responded weren’t getting enough sleep. We all have too much on our plates and there are tons of things that we could be doing instead of sleep. But are we really giving ourselves the gift of more time if we’re skipping the sleep we need in favour of something else?
Here are just some benefits that will come to you when you make sure you’re getting enough sleep (and I’ve tested this for myself).
- Better health. Your body needs enough sleep to function properly.
- More energy.
- Better relationships.
- Increased productivity
- Positive outlook.
- More creative ideas.
- Life just seems better all around.
In November last year I dared myself to go to sleep at 9.30 pm every night for just one week. For the first few days I didn’t notice any positive changes. Yes, I was getting lots of sleep but nothing else was getting done. Tasks were piling up on my to-do list and I was starting to wonder what on earth I’d gotten myself into.
Until, on Day 6, I got up at 6 am to go to the gym, something I’d never managed to do in the 8 years since I’d had kids. On Day 7, I noticed that I was having a lot more patience for my children. In fact, patience wasn’t even required anymore, I was having fun. Their cheeky ways didn’t annoy me, they made me laugh. I was feeling creative and excited to start the day. Having failed the previous attempts to blog regularly, I wrote 24 posts and 2 newsletters in December, and it didn’t even feel like an effort. Getting more sleep was paying off!
After the challenge I’d decided to make the earlier bedtime an ongoing thing, but unfortunately somehow I’ve slipped into my old ways. So for me it’s time for another challenge and it starts on 2nd March. Do you need more sleep? Join me for the Get More Sleep challenge here.
Tat Apostolova is a blogger, freelance writer, an ARTbundance™ coach and a mum of three, who lives in Sydney, Australia (that’s why her spelling may look strange to some of you). Through her blog, Mum in search, Tat helps overwhelmed mums reconnect with themselves and find their dreams again.